Organ to get a new lease of life at Tall Ships

The historic Binn's Organ in the old United Reformed Church, Blyth.
The historic Binn's Organ in the old United Reformed Church, Blyth.

An historic organ, virtually unique in the area, is to be given a new lease of life at a special tall ships concert.

A Tall Ships Fringe Festival is being organised by Bill Thompson on Friday, August 26, from 1pm to 3pm.

It will take place at Headway Arts, but as a result the old United Reformed Church – where the organisation is based – will be opened up to the public.

Visitors will be able to see first hand the Binn’s Organ which is still based in the church.

Bill, the church historian, has put together a programme of various nautical themes and arranged for Dr Reg Carr – who has been awarded an MBE for services to the RNLI – to be the organist.

Bill said: “Dr Carr is an accomplished organist and previously regularly played the Binn’s organ at church services before the closure.

“So it will be re-uniting him and the organ, whilst providing a chance for music lovers to again hear this celebrated organ in full flow.

“Local man Joseph Hornsby, a renowned traditional fiddler, will be accompanied by Alan Brown.”

The Headway Arts’ drama group, The Seven Stars will be presenting the magical folk tale by means of a large shadow theatre.